Petition #20882322


Daniel Hancock, a man of color, represents that he is being “unlawfully detained” as a slave by John Davis. He informs the court that he was born free in Connecticut and “has been regularly enlisted & actually served in the naval service of the United States for about two years.” Hancock prays that “Davis and all other persons may be adjudged to desist from all further pretentions over” him as a slave. In addition, Hancock asks to be sequestered since he “verily believes” that Davis or someone with “his knowledge & consent intends in a very short time” to carry him out of the jurisdiction of the court.

Result: Granted.

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Repository: St. Landry Parish Courthouse, Opelousas, Louisiana